Fans of the iPhone SE have been anxiously awaiting an update to Apple's 4-inch smartphone for years. Numerous reports had speculated that a more powerful version of the hardware was on the horizon as early as 2018. The iPhone SE was finally discontinued by Apple at the beginning of 2019, well after the company first launched the device in early 2016. A flurry of reports this fall indicate that Apple is getting closer to bringing yet another modestly-sized, less expensive option to the smartphone market.
Most of the time iPhone owners forget there's a SIM card inside their devices. But when it becomes necessary to switch SIM cards, such as while traveling, Apple has made it simple to access. Older devices, namely the original iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS have SIM cards located on the top. Every other iPhone's SIM card is placed on the right hand side of the device.
Apple's TrueDepth camera system replaces the front facing camera on the iPhone X and later. In addition to a 7 megapixel (MP) camera for photos, the system features several components dedicated to capturing 3D information for Face ID authentication and Animoji.
The Apple Super Retina Display made its debut on the iPhone X. This edge-to-edge screen measures 5.8 inches from rounded corner to rounded corner (the square diagonal dimension is 5.85 inches).
The A11 Bionic 64-bit chip features an ARMv8-A six-core processor that significantly outperforms the previous generation A10, and is faster than the A10X Fusion found in the iPad Pro. The A11 improves handling of multi-threaded tasks thanks to a new performance controller which can utilize all cores simultaneously.